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This is how text looks like in TeX: enter image description here

Here's under magnification:enter image description here

This persists and looks about the same even when I print it out.

By comparison, here's how the text looks in Word (Calibri):enter image description here

And magnified:enter image description here

When reading the TeX paragraph, I feel like the letters are swimming before my eyes and can't be focused on. Is this font style on purpose, perhaps because it's easier to read in the long run, or is that an error in my configuration?

This happens even with the example here: http://mally.stanford.edu/~sr/computing/latex-example.html

marked as duplicate by morbusg, TeXnician, Troy, Stefan Pinnow, Moriambar May 19 '17 at 8:45

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  • That is a font choice issue, the screen shot you posted is for the default LaTeX font (Computer Modern) which you can change easily and use whatever font you like, even Calibri using XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX engines. – AboAmmar May 18 '17 at 9:30
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    The mentioned feature is font-dependent, not tool-dependent. You can use Computer Modern in Word and you will see the same feature (problematic in your point of view) and you can use Calibri in TeX. – wipet May 18 '17 at 9:31
  • See the LaTeX font catalogue, for example, if you need help choosing a different font. – AboAmmar May 18 '17 at 9:35
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    Why should anybody want to replace a good readable Antiqua font with high redundancy by a less good readable Grotesque with less redundancy? – Schweinebacke May 18 '17 at 10:08
  • the question is just like choosing two different fonts in Word and asking why the output is different. It's not related to tex v word chose a serif font in Word or a sans serif in TeX (If you use xelatex or lualatex you could use system fonts so use exactly te font word is using) – David Carlisle May 18 '17 at 11:18

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